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  • Guidelines for WritingGuidelines for Writinga Feature Storya Feature Story
  • Choose a single focus and interview onlyChoose a single focus and interview onlyon that--do not do a biography.on that--do not do a biography.Feature leads may be more than one paragraph longFeature leads may be more than one paragraph longand usually do not include theand usually do not include theThe main purposes of a feature lead are toThe main purposes of a feature lead are toset the tone and get the readers attention.set the tone and get the readers attention.
  •  A chronological, logical or narrativeA chronological, logical or narrativepattern of organization is used,pattern of organization is used,leadDetails(straight news story)leadDetails are inChronological Ordernotnot inverted pyramidinverted pyramid..(feature story)Logical OrderNarrative OrderMost importantLeast important
  •  The final paragraph should complete the story.The final paragraph should complete the story. The best ways to do this are to refer back to theThe best ways to do this are to refer back to thelead or use a quote to refer to the future.lead or use a quote to refer to the future.
  • The story should reflect the subjectsThe story should reflect the subjectscharacter and personalitycharacter and personality ..Feature stories should containFeature stories should containmany direct quotes.many direct quotes.At minimum, features should beAt minimum, features should beone-half direct quotes.one-half direct quotes.
  • Write creatively,Write creatively,useuse color and imaginationcolor and imagination,,make people come ALIVEmake people come ALIVEwith your feature writing.with your feature writing.Be careful to avoidBe careful to avoidbecoming too sugar-coatedbecoming too sugar-coatedor editorializing, however.or editorializing, however.
  • Unlike in standard news writing, contractionsUnlike in standard news writing, contractionsmay be used to give an informal tone.may be used to give an informal tone.
  •  If a journalist were writing about theIf a journalist were writing about theDakota Writing Project, from which thisDakota Writing Project, from which thisactivity came, there would be two basicactivity came, there would be two basicways to do it.ways to do it.1. Write a straight news story about the Project.2. Write a feature story about it.
  •  If the journalist were writing a news story,If the journalist were writing a news story,it might begin something like this:it might begin something like this:Twenty-one teachers from across eastern South Dakota gathered at theTwenty-one teachers from across eastern South Dakota gathered at theUniversity of South Dakota June 14-July 1 to learn techniques used to teachUniversity of South Dakota June 14-July 1 to learn techniques used to teachwriting.writing.The rest of the story would continue this pattern with theThe rest of the story would continue this pattern with themost importantmost important information always taking precedenceinformation always taking precedenceover theover the less importantless important information,information,even if it is more interesting.even if it is more interesting.This is a basic news lead.This is a basic news lead.It gives the facts—It gives the facts—thethe who, what, when, where, why and howwho, what, when, where, why and howof the story.of the story.
  •  If this were to be written as a feature story,If this were to be written as a feature story,however, the lead might look more likehowever, the lead might look more likethis:this:Teacher Jason Lueth cried as he composed a poem about his grandmotherTeacher Jason Lueth cried as he composed a poem about his grandmotherat the keyboard of a Macintosh computer in the basement of the Universityat the keyboard of a Macintosh computer in the basement of the Universityof South Dakota Arts and Sciences building recently.of South Dakota Arts and Sciences building recently.The purpose of this feature lead is to draw the reader in—The purpose of this feature lead is to draw the reader in—that is, to make him or her curious.that is, to make him or her curious.What was he crying about?What was he crying about?Why in a computer lab?Why in a computer lab?I want to know more!I want to know more!
  • We are going to write about anWe are going to write about anindividual in pure feature fashion.individual in pure feature fashion.After the feature lead is written, move on to compose the rest of theAfter the feature lead is written, move on to compose the rest of thestory.story.A feature may take nearly any format, but should be written inA feature may take nearly any format, but should be written inthird person with many first person quotes, as in any news story.third person with many first person quotes, as in any news story.